WSAVA program to raise standards of pain management

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The Global Pain Council (GPC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association has launched a program called ‘Teach the Teachers,’ which aims to create a global network of key opinion leader (KOLs)—‘teachers’—in pain management, who are motivated to propagate and disseminate their knowledge within their regions. 

As the first step in the program, the GPC has launched a scholarship competition to identify one veterinarian and one veterinary technician/nurse with a demonstrated interest in pain management and the potential to become its first global KOLs.

The GPC is working to an ambitious agenda to enhance companion animal health care and welfare globally through increasing the confidence and competence of veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses around the world in managing the pain suffered by their patients. Its Global Pain Guidelines are the WSAVA’s most frequently accessed free resources for veterinary professionals.

In Phase One of the GPC Scholarship, the selected candidates will travel to a host location to receive eight to 12 weeks of training in small animal pain management from members of the GPC.

In Phase Two, the candidates will return to their country and run courses on pain management to local veterinarians or veterinary technicians/nurses and their WSAVA member association’s members. Their completion certificate will be awarded on the successful completion of both phases of the scholarship.

“Our Teach the Teachers program is an exciting new initiative which we hope will lay the foundations of a global network of veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses with specific expertise in pain management and the passion and knowledge to educate their colleagues,” GPC chair Duncan Lascelles said.

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